UGANDA’S BEBE COOL TO COLLABORATE WITH NIGERIAN SUPER STAR ‘FALZ’  


 

Top Nigerian artist Falz famed for hits like “Jeje”, “Soft Work” and “Soldier” returns to Coke Studio Africa for a second time this year, paired alongside Ugandan legendary artist Bebe Cool, who makes his anticipated debut on the show this year. Last year Falz was paired with Tanzanian rapper Joh Makini and the two produced great covers of each other’s songs and an original track “You Dey Hot”.

Bebe Cool - Coke Studio Africa 2017

 

While speaking exclusively at the show’s Behind the Music Studios in Nairobi during the show’s recording, Falz said: “It feels very good to work with Bebe Cool. He is a very cool guy a very chill guy. So far, we have a good working relationship and we are getting along well. I am looking forward to learning more from him about his culture and language– that’s what Is most exciting about this Coke Studio experience.”

On top of the music collaborations, the two will also participate on Coke Studio’s Food Culture Exchange segment.  

 

Bebe Cool and Falz will be produced by top Nigerian music producer GospelOnDeBeatz. Bebe Cool revealed some info on his collaboration with Falz: “Expect a lot of fire. Falz is a huge hiphop artist and I am a dancehall artist so the fusion is going to be electric!”

Both Bebe Cool and Falz will also feature in a special Coke Studio dubbed ‘The Global Fusion Edition’ alongside Coke Studio Africa’s international guest star – the American Pop/R&B star Jason Derulo and 8 other talented African stars. They include Dela (Kenya), Mr. Bow (Mozambique), Joey B (Ghana), Betty G (Ethiopia), Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe), Shekhinah (South Africa), Locko (Cameroon) and Denise (Madagascar).

This year Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one—bigger and better Coke Studio Africa 2017. The show promises to be a melting pot of music talents bringing together renowned music producers and top-notch artists drawn from various parts of the continent. ​The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 in previous edition.

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JASON DERULO TO FEATURE ON COKE STUDIO AFRICA’S GLOBAL FUSION EDITION


Coke Studio Africa confirmed Mega Platinum star, Jason Derulo as the shows guest star this year set to feature on a special episode themed the Global Fusion Edition! The American Pop/R&B singer and dancer who is currently riding high with his latest banger Swalla arrived in Nairobi, Kenya this week (June 2017) to participate in the recording of Coca-Colas flagship African music show.

During his time at Coke Studio, the new-school, multi talented creative giant who has sold over 50 million singles and impressively achieved 11 platinum singles including Wiggle, Whatcha Say, Talk Dirty, It Girl, In My Head, Trumpets and Marry Me will meet and work with 11 talented African Stars including Ugandas Bebe Cool, Dela (Kenya), Rayvanny (Tanzania), Mr. Bow (Mozambique), Falz (Nigeria), Joey B (Ghana), Betty G (Ethiopia), Jah Prayzah (Central Africa Republic/Zimbabwe), Shekhinah (South Africa), Locko (Cameroon) and Denise (Madagascar).
Jason has sold 94 million-plus single equivalent sales worldwide (5.5 billion streams & 58 million downloads). Both his introductory breakout Watcha Say and Talk Dirty [feat. 2 Chainz] reached quadruple-platinum status, while Want To Want Me and Ridin Solo went triple-platinum, and Trumpets, and Wiggle feat. Snoop Dogg, and In My Head earned double-platinum certifications. Platinum singles include Marry Me,The Other Side, and It Girl, while Get Ugly and Dont Wanna Go Home went gold.

I am excited to be part of Coke Studio Africa – 2017. I cant wait to meet and make great music with the African super stars, Derulo exclaimed, adding that he is also looking forward to lend all his expertise, learn and exchange ideas with the African artistes, producers and the shows creators.

Two of Africas hottest music producers: Masterkraft (Nigeria) and DJ Maphorisa (South Africa) will be tasked with producing all the African artistes and Jason Derulo, after which all the music will be performed and recorded live alongside Coke Studios highly talented house band. 

“In 2014 Coke Studio Africa saw the legendary Wyclef Jean take the stage and light up our households with the unforgettable Divine Sorrow. In 2015 super star NE-YO took Peace One Day to Rwanda and delivered a Coke Studio original song Reason. In 2016 Coke Studio saw the iconic Trey Songz set the stage on fire with his dynamic presence and now, in 2017 we are proud to have Mega Platinum star: Jason Derulo, a new-school, multi-talented creative giant who has sold over 50 million singles and impressively achieved 11 platinum singles including Wiggle, Whatcha Say, Talk Dirty, It Girl, In My Head, Trumpets and Marry Me, commented Rodney Nzioka, the Coca-Cola Uganda Franchise Brand Manager.

This year, Coke Studio has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into onebigger and better, Coke Studio Africa  2017, which includes artistes from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Cote dIvoire, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, DRC and Cameroon. The new season is set to premiere in different regions from September this year and will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.

VIEWERS TO WIN SMARTPHONES IN COKE STUDIO COMPETITION


 

 

  • A brand new mobile phone to be won every week.

  • Competition to be held on more than 5 radio stations across the country.

 

The Coca-Cola Company has today announced a radio competition designed to reward the loyal fans and viewers of its flagship African music show, Coke Studio.

Themed Discover and launched on 5th October this year, Coke Studio Africa has for the fourth consecutive season brought together some of the best creative and production brains on the continent with the sole aim of creating the best music engagement platform for teens in Africa.

samsung-j-series-to-be-won-in-the-coke-studio-competitionSpeaking about the competition, Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager Mr. Rodney Nzioka encouraged all the Ugandans to watch the show and stand a chance to win.

“We are inviting the fans and viewers of Coke Studio to join the journey of talent discovery and win a brand new super sleek Samsung J Series smartphone while at it,” he said, adding that “…winning is easy: all the viewers have to do is call into the radio station and answer 3 questions correctly.”

Coke Studio Africa Season four is currently featuring a total of 38 artists from Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and French West African countries – Togo and Cote d’Ivoire, increasing the number of participating countries to 11 up from last season’s 5.

This season, the African Superstars will get a chance to work with American R n B crooner Trey Songz to create an authentic mashup that seamlessly cut across borders and cultures.

“This competition will be held on stations across the country to give everyone a fair chance to win one of the smartphones,” Nzioka concluded.

To win a brand new smartphone in the Coke Studio competition, listeners just have to call into XFM, Radio West, Rupiny FM, Arua One, Bukedde FM, Etop radio, Galaxy FM and Radio City and correctly answer 3 questions. The presenter will notify them if they have won and handover their brand new smartphone.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW ACTS ON COKE STUDIO AFRICA SEASON 4 TOP 2016 AFRIMMA AWARD NOMINATIONS


 

For the second year straight, Coke Studio Africa artistes lead the pack of nominees at 2016 AFRIMMA Awards—one of Africa’s most prestigious award ceremonies. It’s time again for Africa’s best entertainers and artistes to be crowned and Coke Studio Africa artistes lead the pack with a whopping 14 features out of 26 categories. However, it is the new lot of signees on the Discover season that are stealing the show!

First timers on the show Stonebwoy (Ghana) and Patoranking (Nigeria) have been nominated for Dancehall Act of the year. Other new acts on the show this year include Yamoto Band (Tanzania) nominated for Best African Group, Fally Ipupa (DRC) nominated for Best Male Central Africa, Kiss Daniel nominated for Song of the Year with Mama, Falz (Nigeria) for Best Newcomer, Sarkodie (Ghana) for Best Rap Act, Artist of the year, Best Male West Africa, and Efya (Ghana) who has two nominations for Best Female West Africa and Best Collaboration in the song Skin Tight with Mr. Eazi.

Congolose Fally Ipupa who will be representing DRC in Coke Studio Africa 4 pose for a photo.

Fally Ipupa from congo also nominated

Acclaimed Nigerian producer Masterkraft, returning on the new season, has been nominated in the category of Music Producer of the Year. Another producer on the show Maphorisa gets a nomination for Best Collaboration for the song Soweto Baby with Wizkid.

Leading the list of Coke Studio Africa artists is the Kenyan group Sauti Sol with five nominations in the categories of Best African Group, Best Male East Africa and Best African Group. Their sensational hit song Unconditionally Bae alongside Alikiba, Tanzania has been nominated for Video of the Year and Song of the Year. Following Sauti Sol is Flavour (Nigeria) who has three nominations in the categories of Best Male West Africa, Video of the Year with Champion and finally featuring Masterkraft and Sarkodie in Best Collaboration.

Sauti Sol who will be represnting Kenya in Coke Studio Africa 4 pose for a photo

Sauti sol at Coke studio

Nominated Coke Studio Africa Ugandan artistes include Eddy Kenzo and Jose Chameleone (Uganda) nominated in the category of Best Male East Africa. Radio & Weasel have been mentioned in the Best African Group category.

The crème de la crème of the Coke Studio divas: Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) have been nominated in the biggest categories in their countries: Best Female West Africa and Best Female East Africa.

Vote for your favourite Coke Studio Africa artistes viawww.afrimma.com/nominees-2016/

CHAMELEONE RETURNS TO COKE STUDIO AFRICA TO COLLABO WITH MOZAMBICAN SINGER


 

 

Multi-talented Ugandan singer Chameleone of the “Wale Wale” hitsongreturns to the new season of Coke Studio Africa this year!  On the fourth season, he will be working on song collaborations with Mozambican Marrabenta singer Neyma. Speaking exclusively in Nairobi upon his arrival to start recording, Chameleone said, “The new season of Coke Studio Africa is the best you will ever experience – it’s the best! The new format is so exciting and challenging to the artiste you will see the best of Chameleone.”

Jose Chameleone representing Uganda in Coke Studio Africa 4 pose for a photo.

 

Chameleone and Neyma have been paired with Nigerian producer Masterkraft. The two have already started working on new music that fans will get to experience on the new Discover season. While in Nairobi Chameleone said that he is glad to work with Neyma as her music fuses well with his. He said, “I am open to collaborating with other artistes but I am very choosy when it comes to who I actually work with. If you follow keenly you will notice that there is something about all Chameleone collaborations,” adding, “It’s also great to discover Neyma’s culture and work with Mastekraft.”

Neyma aka Beyonce representing Mozambique in Coke Studio Africa 4 pose for a photo.

On the third season of Coke Studio Africa, Neyma collaborated with Nigerian rapper Olamide and produced by Kenyan producer Musyoka. This season fans from Uganda and Mozambique are set to witness Mozambican sounds clash with the authentic sounds of Ugandan music to make an exciting collaboration. Neyma asserts: “It will be memorable!”

SAUTI SOL & FALLY IPUPA MEET IN GIANT COKE STUDIO AFRICA COLLABO


 

Sauti Sol who will be represnting Kenya in Coke Studio Africa 4 pose for a photo

Sauti Sol from Kenya

 

The upcoming season of Coke Studio Africa promises to be fire judging from the artiste pairings. Could it get better than this? Top Congolese entertainer Fally Ipupa joins one of Africa’s biggest music groups: Sauti Sol to produce new music on the show. The Sauti Sol and Fally pairing is undoubtedly the show’s most avant-garde, set to unite music fans Africa.

Sauti Sol exclusively revealed their enthusiasm to collaborate with one of Africa’s top artistes. “We are proud to work with Fally Ipupa. This is a statement to our Live and Die in Afrika motto and theme – the best of entertainment and music can also be made right here in Africa,” adding, “This will be the best music collaboration on the show this year – wait and see!”

Fally and Sauti Sol will be produced by Nigerian hitmaker Masterkraft, who is also responsible for producing Ghana’s Efya and Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo on the show’s new season.

Congolose Fally Ipupa who will be representing DRC in Coke Studio Africa 4 pose for a photo.

Congolese Super Star Fally Ipupa

The “Sexy Dance” singer is representing DRC, one of the six new countries added onto the fourth season of Coke Studio Africa, set to premiere later this year. The rest include Ethiopia, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon and Ivory Coast.

What’s more? Sauti Sol and Fally Ipupa will also be working with Nigerian singer Simi of the hit single “Jamb Question”. Simi was also featured on the acclaimed short film by Nigerian artist Falz the Bahd Guy. All the artistes will be directed by the renowned record producer, pianist and composer: Mpho Pholo – Coke Studio Africa’s new music director known to many as 37 mph.

Coca-Cola’s Coke Studio 4 promises fans and viewers thrills as it expands to new markets, signs on new artistes.


 

 

Production of Coke Studio Season 4 has commenced at Film Studios, in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Uganda's artist Eddy Kenzo poses for a photoIn this brand new season, 6 new countries have been included: Ivory Coast, Cameroon, DRC, Ghana, Senegal and Ethiopia; increasing the number of participating countries to eleven. Also featuring for the first time, will be Kiss Daniel, Patoranking, 2baba all from Nigeria, Bahati from Kenya, Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania, Eddy Kenzo, Radio and Weasel from Uganda, Toofan from Togo, and Haile Roots from Ethiopia.

Notably present during this year’s edition are Africa’s crème de la crème music producers namely: Maphorisa, Madtraxx, Master Kraft, Bushing stone, Danny Synthe and Kill Beats.

Coke Studio Africa is a dynamic music fusion platform whereby musicians and music producers from different African markets are brought together to collaborate and produce great music, creating an amazing sound.

“For this season we sought producers and partners who are able to tap into both their creativity and those of the artists to produce a world class show. This season promises more excitement as the territories have expanded and the number of artistes increased,” said Ahmed Rady, Coca-Cola Central, East and West Africa Business Unit Marketing Director Marketing Director.

“,We look forward to an even better and more exciting season as we all walk together in this journey of discovering new artistes and new talents. It’s going to be full of surprises,” concluded Rady.

Right from artiste selection, wardrobe, makeup and production, Coke Studio works with various partners to ensure that the final show is of high quality and provides a thrilling experience for both artistes and viewers.

NEW SEASON OF COKE STUDIO AFRICA PAIRS GHANAINAN SOUL SINGER EFYA & EDDY KENZO


 

Ghana’s Efya gushes over Eddy Kenzo as he teaches her some Luganda

 

Uganda's artist Eddy Kenzo poses for a photo

Eddy Kenzo from Uganda

 

Ugandan BET Award Winner Eddy Kenzo – the mastermind behind East Africa’s Most Viewed Music Video ‘Sitya Loss’ makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa this year! Eddy has been paired with Ghana’s vocal powerhouse – Efya. Straight from releasing her debut album: Janesis, Efya is among Ghana’s top music acts to feature on Coke Studio Africa for the first time on the upcoming fourth season.

In an exclusive interview Efya says, “It’s always special to be first in some projects and I will make the best out of this opportunity to represent my country so that my sound isn’t just heard but not forgotten. I want to take with me a structure to be able to fuse my sounds so that when fans from Africa hear a Ghanaian artiste singing they don’t feel like it’s too foreign, they can easily adapt to my sound,” adding, “I am also excited to be singing in Luganda.”

Eddy will be collaborating with Efya and Kenyan producer Madtraxx on Coke Studio Africa. He says, “I am just me – I am real and I love Efya’s energy. Together we will make sure Africa sees the best from our countries, music fans across Africa will discover the best of Ugandan culture – that’s what I plan to show.”

Ghana's Coke Studio Represnetative Efya poses for a photo.

Efya from Ghana

Efya is super thrilled to be working with Kenzo. She says, “He’s a great guy to work with. I got to know of him right after I watched ‘Sitya Loss’ video with millions of views.” Efya has also collaborated with Ghanaian artiste Stonebwoy (also set to feature on Coke Studio Africa season 40 on her new album. She promises to put some soul in everything Eddy Kenzo brings her way! This promises to be one of the biggest songs uniting East and West Africa this year! Coming soon.

Q&A with Ugandan Coke Studio crooner @MauriceKirya


 

Maurice Kirya has stolen the hearts of many ladies across Africa. His first appearance on Coke Studio Africa this season coincided with the release of his third album #Mwooyo. We caught up with the Busaabala singer for a quick Q&A:

Maurice Kirya 2.JPGWhy are you still single?

Well, I don’t think I will be single for too long. I am feeling lucky this year. If I keep coming to Kenya I might get lucky.

Did you expect to be paired with a female artist?

To be honest I didn’t expect anything and I preferred not to. The mash up concept of the show made me open minded. I was trying to figure out how to make it work. I hope they would pick Busaabala but it wasn’t picked.

How has it been working with Fid Q?

Maurice and Fid Q perform one of their mashups.jpgFid Q is so much fun and such a ball of energy on stage. I loved how my soul music was fused with his Hip-Hop. We’d been planning to work together for ages and when we finally met it was a match made in heaven. We have spoken about working post Coke Studio Africa it’s just that both our schedules are tight but we’ll make it work.

What was your best mash up so far?

That’s a hard one. I kinda liked all of them. I liked Bongo Hip-Hop because I used to do that kind of style in music and my fans were able to see another side of me. The Benderaya Chuma/Blue Dress mash up was also great.

IN case you missed to watch Fid Q Coke Studio Africa CYPHER, watch it now.

How can you describe producer Nahreel?

Apart from him being a genius in making beats I call him a fashion killer. Every time he walked in during rehearsals or the studio, he was looking too good and nobody could have stolen his swag.

What’s your best Coke Studio Africa moment? Working with NE-YO. He is somebody that is professional and legendary. He’s achieved so much and it was great to be close to him.
 

 

 

Coke Studio Stars win big at AFRIMA.


 

R-L,Diamond Platinum(Tz),Sauti Sol(Kenya), Chameleone(Uganda),YemI(Niger...With a total of nine awards and counting, Coke Studio Africa’s participating artistes really stole the show at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) ceremony in Nigeria last weekend.

The biggest winner of the night at Victoria Island’s prestigious Eko Hotel Convention Centre, was Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, a participant of Coke Studio Africa Season II.

He took home several awards; Best African Artist of the Year, Best Song of the Year and Best Male Eastern of the Year.

Sauti Sol came a close second, bagging awards for Best African Group as well as Producer of the year for their hit single Sura Yako. You must remember seeing the heated mash up of Shake Yo Bam Bam /Temperature between Sauti Sol and Yemi Alade right here on Coke Studio.

Yemi – the songbird from the west who is on the third season of the show, where she has collaborated with Kenya’s king of Genge – Juacali, also won big at AFRIMA, being crowned the Best Female Artist West Africa.

Tanzanian songbird Vanessa Mdee won Best African Pop song for the track Hawajui, which she performed on Season II of Coke Studio Africa alongside Burna Boy. The Best Artist in African Electro went to Flavour who is a solid favourite among many fans of the show. His mash ups with Juliana Kanyamozi have emerged top among fan votes for three weeks now. Their songs produced by Nigerian Materkraft, will be included in the first Coke Studio Africa album.

Uganda’s Chameleone clinched the Songwriter of the year award for his hit song Valu Valu, which he also mashes up with Eva Alordiah’s  Shuga on Season III.

AFRIMA looks to honor artists from all over Africa who are exemplary in their craft, in the hopes of preserving and promoting African culture in music. Coke Studio Africa must be indeed proud of their artists leaving such a big mark at the 2015 edition of the awards.